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New York Knicks' Michael Beasley says he has same talent as LeBron James, Kevin Durant

By Alex Butler
New York Knicks' Michael Beasley says he has same talent as LeBron James, Kevin Durant
Houston Rockets forward Michael Beasley (8) puts up a shot over Golden State Warriors' Harrison Barnes (40) in the 2016 NBA playoffs. File Photo by Terry Schmitt/UPI | License Photo

Oct. 3 (UPI) -- Michael Beasley isn't short on confidence. The NBA veteran says he's as talented as LeBron James and Kevin Durant.

That duo has combined for five NBA MVP Awards, 21 All-Star nods, five scoring titles, four NBA championships and much more.

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Beasley, 28, has never averaged 20 points per game or been to an All-Star Game.

He recently told Bleacher Report that he "never got a fair shake" in the NBA.

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"[It's] mostly perception," he told Bleacher Report. "As far as talent-wise, I match up with Kevin [Durant], LeBron, I match up with the best guys in the world.

"I'm not being cocky; it's just always how I felt. But I got into trouble as soon as I got into the NBA, and it left a bad taste in a lot of people's mouths."

The best season in Beasley's career was his 2010-11 campaign for the Miami Heat. He posted 19.2 points, 5.6 rebounds and 2.2 assists in 32.3 minutes per game.

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Since their rookie seasons, Durant and James have never averaged fewer that 25 points per game.

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Beasley joined the Houston Rockets in 2016 after a stint in China. He was traded to the Milwaukee Bucks last season and is now with the New York Knicks.

The nine-year veteran spoke to reporters on Sept. 19 at Knicks media day. He said he could "play with anybody" and he wasn't worried about sharing or taking minutes.

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"I actually look more to pass than I do to score now, because, not to be cocky or anything but it's so easy. But I actually look to create more. I actually look at the second defender more than my defender, if that makes any sense. Yes I do score, but I'm not just a scorer."

He also called Carmelo Anthony his "mentor." He said he "can't wait to play with him."

Anthony was traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder on Sept. 23.

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